Local Publications

The following publications used ISAAC data from the Singapore centre:

  • Goh DY, Chew FT, Quek SC, Lee BW. Prevalence and severity of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema in Singapore schoolchildren. Arch Dis Child 1996; 74(2): 131-5.
  • Wang XS, Shek LP, Ma S, Soh SE, Lee BW, Goh DYT. Time trends of co-existing atopic conditions in Singapore school children: prevalence and related factors. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2010; 21 (1): e137-e141. E pub 21 Apr 2009.

Singapore Centre

Phase OnePhase TwoPhase Three View Centre Details
Centre:Singapore, Singapore ( Asia-Pacific )
Principal Investigator:Professor Bee-Wah Lee
Age Groups:13-14, 6-7Timeframe:13-14yr:February 1994 to November 1994
6-7yr:February 1994 to May 1994
Sampling Frame:
Phase OneView Centre DetailsPhase TwoPhase Three
Centre:Singapore, Singapore ( Asia-Pacific )
Principal Investigator:Associate Professor Daniel Yam Thiam Goh
Age Groups:13-14, 6-7Timeframe:May 2001 to November 2001
Sampling Frame:All schools in Singapore. Same sampling frame as Phase One.


Associate Professor Daniel Yam Thiam Goh

The Children's Medical Institute
National University of Singapore
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Ridge Road


  • Phase Three Principal Investigator for Singapore

Professor Bee-Wah Lee

Professor Bee-Wah Lee

Children's Medical Center
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Ridge Rd



  • National Coordinator for Singapore
  • Phase One Principal Investigator for Singapore

The Singapore ISAAC Centre

As Singapore is a small city state, our ISAAC centre was also the national centre.

It provided us with important national epidemiology data on asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema, which hitherto, was unavailable. The prevalence data has provided us with an important reference point for the planning of educational and awareness programs, medical programs for asthma and allergies in children, as well as scientific studies.

The ISAAC prevalence obtained for Singapore was very similar urban and developed communities in the Asian region, such as Japan and Korea, and were the highest for the Asia Pacific region. For example, the prevalence for Phase one survey on current wheeze for 6-7 years old was 13.3 in Korea, 15.7 in Singapore and 17.4 in Japan.

The team acknowledges the contribution of the many student helpers that contributed to the success of these studies.